Anepalco Restaurant

4.6
320 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Anepalco is a modern Mexican restaurant located next to ALO Hotel in Orange, California. Our restaurant combines traditional Mexican ingredients with a modern twist. We focus on bringing flavors from all regions of Mexico to your palate. Come and try our famous chilaquiles, organic handmade tortillas, Huitlacoche Octopus tacos or al pastor tacos for lunch. Visit us for dinner where the menu gets sophisticated with a Agua Chile Negro, Chichilo Mole, Short Ribs Barbacoa with chochoyotes or Pork Belly Tacos. Treat yourself with a dessert like corn cake with nopal ice cream or an amazing Horchata Strawberry Cheesecake.

Anepalco have a great variety of Mexican wines from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, and specialize in tequila and mezcal craft cocktails. Come and join us for a great dining experience by Chef Daniel Godinez.

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Offers

Margarita Tuesday

Starting Nov 10, 2020 · Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Come and enjoy of our handcrafted flavored Margaritas.

Happy Hour

Starting Nov 10, 2020 · Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Specials on Wines, Tap Beers and Well Cocktails and Appetizers. Tuesday-Friday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Bar Area Only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 320 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLove2eat
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hope this excellent dining spot stays open with so much closures during this pandemic,

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CraigG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, original and tasty food (Mexican fusion), excellent service.

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vipAntOso
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so excited this location is open again! Love their food and the service is always excellent.

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Kurt
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our 'go to' restaurant when in the area. The guacamole is outstanding! We ordered a pitcher of hibiscus margaritas - very tasty but there was so much ice that it really diluted the drink. The individual drinks are more balanced. The carne asada with potato cakes was our hands down favorite entree - perfectly cooked medium rare steak and to die for potatoes. The tacos were also delicious. We look forward to our next visit!

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The mole was delicious and the service was gracious. We will be back!

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vipakinlr
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food & service. Good menu selection. Noise a bit more than I prefer but overall I would definitely go again

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Hill
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've heard about this restaurant for quite a while and finally tried it. The food was much more imaginative than most Mexican restaurants here in OC. Portions were well sized and the food was delicious. Good margarita too. Our waiter was excellent. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently amazing food and great drinks.

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ShannonT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A modern mexican restaurant is exactly how I would describe Anepalco. Loved the decor and ambience. Their house margarita is the bomb! The food presentation is outstanding and, although a bit spicy, it was very tasty too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Customer service is great. Very prompt and attentive.

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Sabrosa
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service — a little pricey but worth every penny

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vipJCME
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best real Mexican food I've had anywhere, by a clear mile.
Party of 11, everyone was shocked with the quality of the food.

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vipCece
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious, gourmet Mexican food in LA/OC ! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Staff was nice. We went for the Chilaquiles... sad it was very soggy. Mixed drinks were good.

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vipDavid
Perth / WA
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times and never disappointed. The food is first class. By far not your ordinary Mexican food. The ambiance, music and atmosphere is very pleasant. As for service always attentive and professional.

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TomInno
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated at a table next to the door leading out to the patio. Was a cool night not so we requested to move to a warmer spot within the restraunt. Our request wss honored after a short period of time and we were relocated by the hostess. our server Gabby was very warm, gracious, and hospitable. in actuality the entire staff fantastic in offering us genuine hospitality throughout our dining experience. Food presentation and taste are superb. great value and had an overall great experience. This was my second visit, and look forward to many more .

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Amadi
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good was good. But the place was freezing cold. So our food got cold real quick.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Anepalco every year during NAMM — for the great food, margaritas, and service. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with my customers. Very fair pricing for delicious food. Perfect amount of engagement from wait staff.

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vipMarcieH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the trendy decor and design of the space. The food all had beautiful presentation, even the appetizers. We loved everything that came out. They had a kids menu option for $10 for kids 10 and under. The 13 year olds did not like the options on the regular menu so that was unfortunately to have the entree cost and them not eat it. I hope to return here again.

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ItzelG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, Loved the brunch menu. Food was great as always.

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vipCary
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent good and great service.

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vipBryanC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always superb and our server was great!

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NancyA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good. Great intense flavors, good variety to choose from, organic corn tortillas and a very good Spicy y Flaco margarita

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seanc
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love this restaurant. Service is attentive, drinks are well crafted and the food is always good and inventive. Hosted are company holiday party and everyone enjoyed their meal, drinks and desserts.
Only negative was the music was TOO LOUD. When we asked for it to be lowered, we were told that is how the manager likes it, so no. We couldn't hearour conversations very well.

Go for the food and the drinks.

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Jami
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anepalco's brunch is awesome! The chilaquiles and divorciados are always on point. Drinks are great too. Everyone is friendly and offer great customer service.

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vipanon
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anepalco is wonderful! The ONLY issue is the noise.....VERY loud, so be ready.
The food is OUTSTANDING!

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vipFoodieForReal
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! I never leave a comment on open table but this place is worth! Juanita was our server and I must say she was THE BEST! I’m coming back again and again and again!! So delicious!!!

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RD123
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The tables are a metal mesh construction and very uncomfortable to rest one's arms on. Our table was outside on the patio and was pleasant but unfortunately, the restaurant is very close to a hospital; during the evening a number of ambulances with sirens and even a Life Flight helicopter landing nearby interrupted the otherwise romantic setting. Nevertheless, the food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. If not for the noise level, I would give this restaurant 5 stars, although it is rather expensive for what you get. One failing I noticed is that they cannot make a blended margarita - only on the rocks...what restaurant with a bar doesn't even have a blender?

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MeganL
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink are always amazing. It’s a prefect little spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

MB
MichaelB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've eaten at Anepalco a dozen times in the past year. The food is always excellent - the chef is very talented and were first introduced by our chef who loves the cuisine.

The service has gotten better over time and is now excellent as well.

This time our enjoyment was not complete because of the sound level - the music was too loud and when we said it was too loud and we would have to sit outside, they let us do that in 90+ degree weather. Sitting on the patio is nice but not when it's that hot. I really can't believe that most guests like the music that loud - it's reminiscent of a habana nightclub kind of loud.

We made a reservation to make certain we could have a table and sit inside. This was very disappointing.

But I would always recommend Anepalco and have for the excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was a big let down..

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vipMaryann
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food!!

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Lizzz
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for modern and delicious Mexican food and great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary treat!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everyone so nice and friendly. Food delicious. Better than I expected!

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rayl
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good. Cocktails were excellent. Sat on the patio very noisy and helicopters landing at UCI very very loud.

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MadilynH
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very good. The cocktails are perfect as is the food. Mole is to die for. The huevo divorciado is heaven on a plate

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Alej
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juanita our server was great! Gracias por el gran servicio

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vipHBGal
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our party of five ordered water, a cocktail and a beer. It took a long time for the second beer to be delivered. We enjoyed the chips but the salsa quickly disappeared; it was not refilled. We ordered guacamole, but the chips were gone by the time it arrived. We asked for more chips, and waited a long time for the chips to come. Our experience started on a rather sour note. We were seated on the patio and could see our server busy at tables inside. The patio was noisy as there were many emergency sirens during dinner. We found the organization of the menu to be somewhat confusing. The note on the menu indicating that modifications cannot be made to menu items certainly narrowed the choices for vegetarians in the crowd. We all enjoyed our food, but the experience of waiting for chips and waiting for one of the beers and not understanding the menu and then waiting for our check left a bad taste in our mouth.

FAQs

Anepalco Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 456-9642.

Anepalco Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 320 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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